A vigorous, often vivid story of the American Revolution which includes sex, considerable campaigning, and the plausible career of Thomas Forty, one of the native born Americans to fight for freedom. The illegitimate son of a woman sold into service, Tom chose the last name of ""Forty"" because he so often spoke and thought of the forty pounds necessary to buy land to have a vote in the meeting. A cautious and ambitious boy, Tom hesitated to leave his job as journeyman printer, tried to remain impartial when the rebellion began. Soon he was forced to take a stand and escape New York to join the revolutionary forces. He established a civilian system of passing on information, was captured by the British, nearly died in prison, escaped as he was taken to be hanged, fell in love, and with the peace- marries. Picaresque, period drama- for a reliable market.